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  1. Florida Department of Education’s FCAT Explorer BRIEF OVERVIEW

  2. FCAT Explorer Interactive, benchmarks-based practice programs Available at no cost to all Florida public schools Accessible from any computer connected to the Internet Students automatically enrolled Includes Educator Resources and a Parent & Family Guide

  3. Access to all programs • A student’s sign-in name and password provides access to all programs • Struggling students can experience success in easier programs and work their way up

  4. Practice Programs

  5. MATH PROGRAMS • READING PROGRAMS • SCIENCE PROGRAMS Math Station: 5th Grade Benchmarks Math Navigator: 8th Grade Benchmarks Math Timeline: 10th Grade Benchmarks Galactic Library: 3rd Grade Benchmarks Reading Odyssey: 4th Grade Benchmarks Reading Factory: 6th Grade Benchmarks Reading Boardwalk: 8th Grade Benchmarks Reading Timeline: 10th Grade Benchmarks Science Station: 5th Grade Benchmarks Science Voyager: 8th Grade Benchmarks Science Mission: 11th Grade Benchmarks

  6. Reading, Math, and Science Practice • Developed with strict adherence to the Sunshine State Standards and DOE’s Test Item & Performance Task Specifications • Practice items provide explicit reinforcement of the FCAT-tested benchmarks Reading Boardwalk: 8th Grade Benchmarks

  7. Reading, Math, and Science Practice • Designed with the help of teachers and testing specialists • Graphics explicitly illustrate science and math concepts or reading content • Reading and math practice is set in the context of other subject areas from the Sunshine State Standards Math Navigator: 8th Grade Benchmarks

  8. Special Features GLOSSARY Math Timeline: 10th Grade Benchmarks • Click linked (blue) words • Click ear icon to hear word pronounced • Spanish and Haitian Creole translations CHALLENGE LIST • Links directly to incorrect items • Helps students focus on skill improvement Reading Timeline: 10th Grade Benchmarks

  9. Reading Practice PASSAGES • Same average length and readability level as on the FCAT • Reviewed by teachers for readability level, age-appropriate content, and student interest • Some programs feature an Explore More reference section to practice using multiple resources

  10. FCAT Explorer Reading Programs Galactic Library: 3rd Grade Benchmarks • Adaptive support model adjusts passage and instructional support level • Vocabulary exercises and activities teach potentially challenging words • 3rd grade readability level:36 reading passages & 197 multiple-choice items • 2nd grade readability level:36 reading passages & 197 multiple-choice items

  11. FCAT Explorer Reading Programs Reading Odyssey: 4th Grade Benchmarks • Pre-reading vocabulary exercises • Adaptive Support • 32 reading passages • 248 multiple-choice, short-, and extended-response items, plus a resource for open- response items

  12. FCAT Explorer Reading Programs Reading Factory: 6th Grade Benchmarks • Adaptive Support • Instructional games reinforce vocabulary • 27 reading passages • 253 multiple-choice, short-, and open-response items

  13. FCAT Explorer Reading Programs Reading Boardwalk: 8th Grade Benchmarks • Main Idea Workshop • Adaptive support (grades 4 through 8) • Passage topics drawn from areas of science, history, health, art, and music • 60 reading passages • 285 multiple-choice, short-, extended-, and open-response items

  14. FCAT Explorer Reading Programs Reading Timeline: 10th Grade Benchmarks • Includes a pre-test and post-test • Features 8 remedial reading comprehension lessons • 23 reading passages • 250 multiple-choice, short-, extended-, and open-response items

  15. Math Practice • Reviewed by teachers for readability level, age-appropriate content, and student interest • Item topics drawn from other subject areas in the Sunshine State Standards • Science • Social Studies • The Arts • Health Education • Physical Education Math Navigator: 8th Grade Benchmarks

  16. FCAT Explorer Math Programs Math Station: 5th Grade Benchmarks • Motivational instructional games reinforce math skills • Item topics drawn from areas of health, sports, history, and geography • 156 multiple-choice, gridded-, and charted-response items

  17. FCAT Explorer Math Programs Math Navigator: 8th Grade Benchmarks • Includes a calculator and reference sheet with same functions and content as on FCAT • Item topics drawn from areas of science, history, health, art, and music • 139 multiple-choice and gridded-response items

  18. FCAT Explorer Math Programs Math Timeline: 10th Grade Benchmarks • Includes a calculator and reference sheet with same functions and content as on FCAT • Timeline-themed navigation places items in a variety of historical periods • 144 multiple-choice and gridded-response items • Math Machine includes 6 remedial lessons on Strand C: Geometry and Spatial Sense

  19. Science Practice • Reviewed by teachers for difficulty level, age-appropriate content, and student interest • Struggling students are directed to remedial lessons to explore more difficult science concepts. Science Station: 5th Grade Benchmarks

  20. FCAT Explorer Science Programs Science Station: 5th Grade Benchmarks • Vocabulary exercises reinforce important science concepts • 15 remedial lessons on annually assessed benchmarks • Annually assessed benchmarks include context dependent items • 215 multiple-choice, short-, extended-, and open-response items

  21. Science Voyager: 8th Grade Benchmarks • Vocabulary exercises reinforce important science concepts • Remedial lessons for each of the 8 strands • Mini Lesson short-response activities strengthen performance task skills • 190 multiple-choice, gridded-, short-, extended-, and open-response items

  22. Science Mission: 11th Grade Benchmarks • Vocabulary exercises increase science fluency • Remedial lessons focusing on the nature of science • 4 Mini Lessons review the periodic table, active and passive transport, plant and animal cells, and chemical reactions • Over 200 multiple-choice, gridded-, short-, extended-, and open-response items

  23. Instructional Support

  24. Instructional Support • 1ST ATTEMPT CORRECT • Congratulations! • Correct Answer Explanation (CAE) • Confirms the attributes that make an answer correct • Reinforces effective skill application Galactic Library: 3rd Grade Benchmarks

  25. Instructional Support • 1ST ATTEMPT INCORRECT • Feedback and tools help student figure out correct answer • Common error feedback in math programs offers suggestions for how to think about the problem • Immediate second chance to apply the skill correctly Math Navigator: 8th Grade Benchmarks

  26. Instructional Support Reading Boardwalk: 8th Grade Benchmarks • 2nd ATTEMPT • For CORRECT answer, CAE confirms and reinforces effective skill application • For INCORRECT answer, CAE coaches student in figuring out right answer to similar questions in the future Math Timeline: 10th Grade Benchmarks

  27. Educators’ Tools

  28. Classroom Teacher’s Desk Features • Create and/or edit class roll • Review progress reports on individuals or classes • Resource Center • Skills Location Map • Table of Benchmarks and Skills • Item Review • View instructional games and modify token rates • Send messages to students

  29. Classroom Teacher’s Desk Features Student Performance Reports • Check progress on individuals or classes • View math data by theme, strand, or benchmark • View science data by benchmark or strand. • View reading data by benchmark, skill, or passage • Compare percentage correct before and after Learning Guidance

  30. School Administrator’s Desk Features • Access teacher and student password lists (available in text and spreadsheet formats) • Review, add, and edit student information • Review, add, and edit information about teachers and classes • Create student, class, or school reports

  31. District Administrator’s Desk Features • Review school, teacher, and class information • Review monthly reports on student activity and performance by district or school

  32. The Parent & Family Guide • Accessible from the home page without a password • Available in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole • Helps parents, guardians, and mentors understand the Sunshine State Standardsand the FCAT

  33. Visit the Educator Resources Page • Linked from the home page • Download this PowerPoint presentation • Download the School Administrator’s Desk Manual • Download the Teacher’s Desk Manual • Download other PowerPoints • Reading Focus Overview • Math Focus Overview • Program-specific presentations

  34. To get sign-in names & passwords SCHOOL PRINCIPALS Contact your district office and speak to the FCAT Explorer District Administrator TEACHERSContact your FCAT Explorer School Administrator FCAT Explorer Home Page (www.fcatexplorer.com)

  35. www.fcatexplorer.com Log on to FCAT Explorer!